Lake Charles Refinery – March 5, 2019 – CITGO Petroleum Corporation, the Official Fuel Sponsor of the Boston Marathon, recently surprised eight teachers from school districts in its operational footprint with the chance to run in the historic event.

More than 175 teachers applied through CITGO and teachers were chosen based on their response to two simple questions, “What does running the Boston Marathon mean to you?” and “How was CITGO helped your school/district? What does that partnership mean to you as an educator?

The surprise visits from CITGO to teachers in their classrooms with the announcement that they are the winners was captured in this iconic video.

CITGO has been part of the Boston community since 1940, when Cities Service opened its divisional headquarters in Boston. In 1965, Cities Service introduced its CITGO brand, replacing the white and green Cities Service logo atop its offices on 660 Beacon Street with the now-iconic CITGO sign in Kenmore Square.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CITGO Petroleum Corporation is a recognized leader in the refining industry with a well-known brand. CITGO operates three refineries located in Corpus Christi, Texas; Lake Charles, La.; and Lemont, Ill., and wholly and/or jointly owns 48 terminals, nine pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,400 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 749,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO is ranked as the fifth-largest, and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products and supplies a network of approximately 5,200 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets in 30 states and the District of Columbia. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc. For more information, visit